Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Seth Nickinson
There are quick meetings, long meetings, all-day meetings, 1 on 1 meetings, facilitated meetings, client meetings, and working meetings. There are are lengthy brainstorming meetings and quick stand-up meetings at the beginning of a shift. Meetings can be a great venue to reinforce positive health messages, or they can set the tone for a stagnant, unhealthy workday. The choice is yours.
- Stretch It Out: Start every meeting with 2 minutes of simple, low-impact stretches. like neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, arm circles, knee bends. Invite different staff to lead the stretch each time. Stretching ideas here.
- Make It a Moving Meeting – Did you know it takes just about 2000 steps to walk a mile? Implement “moving meetings” when you have a 1:1 or small group gathering. Consider whether you truly need your notepads, tables, or electronic devices – or is an open conversation what’s called for? Depending on time and mobility constraints, take a turn around the parking lot or go for a longer sojourn. Sunshine and movement help blood and creativity get to the brain!
- Celebrate Success : Make space in your team meetings to acknowledge progress individuals or groups are making on their wellness goals.
- Tasty Bites: Whether with employees or outsiders like customers and partners, meeting snacks are a great chance to show your commitment to good food. Do away with purchased donuts, bagels & cream cheese, cookies or chips for team meetings. Instead offer fresh fruit or yogurt/fruit/granola parfaits for morning events. Choose veggies & hummus, low-cal pretzels, low-fat, low-salt popcorn, and the like for afternoon gatherings. If you are catering a meeting or event, choose a vendor who can provide fresh, nutrient-dense choices with less processing. If you take the team out for a meal, don’t choose fast food. If you do want sweets, encourage homemade goodies.
- Little Bytes: bytes are bits of information. Take 30 seconds to offer a “Did You Know?” fact or healthy tip at each meeting. This website is chock full of action-oriented tips, and you can access a set of 101 Fun Facts here…
Walking Meeting at Center for Total Health by tedeytan on Flickr.
Kaiser Healthy Meetings Guides and Promotion
Meeting WellTM is a planning tool offered by the American Cancer Society to help companies organize meetings and events with good health in mind.
Healthy Meeting Policies – draft policies from the California Department of Public Health